Dante Pettis NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for San Francisco 49ers' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Washington wide receiver Dante Pettis (8) before an NCAA college football game, in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez)
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POSITIVES

—Excellent punt returner with nine career touchdowns.

—Smooth route-runner with nice footwork, timing and leverage.

—Has the second gear to run by coverage and displays concentration and balance on deep balls.

—Dangerous when he gets open underneath thanks to speed after the catch.

—Athletic bloodlines: father, Gary, played major league baseball and cousin, Austin, played in the NFL.

     

NEGATIVES

—Missed combine and pro day with ankle injury. 

—Lean, slight frame (186 lbs).

—Disappeared as a receiver against big competition.

—Won't beat press coverage with strength; might be a slot WR only.

     

OVERALL

Dante Pettis' production as an underneath option, deep threat and punt returner gives him excellent NFL value. As a pure receiver he's not worthy of a Round 3 pick, but add in what he brings in the return game and he's potentially an earlier pick. If Pettis can land with a team that'll use his inside/outside route skills, he could be a major hit.

     

GRADE: 6.45 (Round 3)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins

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